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Reese Takes Lead in AOY Race; Iaconelli Wins Lake Jordan Event, Moves into Contention for AOY

WETUMPKA, Ala.. -  Things weren't exactly looking good for Skeet Reese Saturday.  His performance after the first day of the Berkley Powerbait Trophy Chase wasn't up to his lofty standards, and after three days of fishing on Lake Jordan, he had yet to develop a go-to pattern.

But Sunday was a different story for the 2009 Bassmaster Classic champ. Reese landed 15 pounds, 3 ounces, pushing him into second place after the first leg of Toyota Trucks Championship Week.  And most important, the Auburn, Calif., pro took a 16-point advantage in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, a lead he will carry into the final Postseason event, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph, set for Sept. 17-18 on the Alabama River out of Montgomery.

Reese built his AOY points total to 249. In second in the AOY race is four-time AOY champion Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., with 233 points.  The winner of the Lake Jordan event, Mike Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J., moved from 11th to third in the AOY standings with 225 points and positioned himself for a slim but realistic shot at overtaking Reese.

"This is way better than I anticipated after Saturday," said Reese, who has four BASS wins.  "I caught them early which took some of the pressure off.  I'm stoked to be in this position.  All you can ask for is a chance."

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Reese's performance Sunday was a microcosm of his 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series season.  He started hot Sunday and ended with a bang - boating a near 4-pounder in the final hour.  Reese's 2009 Elite season started in style with a Bassmaster Classic victory; if Reese can hold on next week, he would culminate his season with bookend championships.

With that, he would become only the second angler in BASS history - the other was Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark. -- to claim a Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Angler of the Year title in the same season.

Reese, who is the 2007 AOY, worked both shallow and deep patterns Sunday.  He entered the Postseason one point behind VanDam, but made up ground quickly.  He now has his attention trained on the Alabama River.

"It's been a while since most of us have been there," Reese said.  "It should present new conditions.  I'm not going to focus on what the other guys will be doing.  I can only take care of myself and, thankfully, this will be my title to lose."

VanDam slipped to second in the AOY race with a disappointing sixth-place showing at the Jordan event.  Despite the blip, he still has a chance to take his fifth AOY trophy.

Perhaps Iaconelli is carrying the strongest momentum heading into the final event and poses the biggest obstacle for Reese. The win earned Iaconelli 50 points. Although he entered the event with little hope of owning the AOY title, he's known for performing well when a lot is on the line.

"Coming in here I knew, theoretically, I could win the AOY," said Iaconelli, who finished second to Reese at the '09 Classic.  "Still, with this caliber of anglers, I thought the door wouldn't open.  But I have made a career of not giving up and I'm certainly not going to do that now.  I guess you never know."

In fourth in the AOY standings is Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., with 220 points.  In fifth is Randy Howell of Springville, Ala., with 216 points.  The full standings can be found below.

The field qualified for the Postseason through their regular-season performances on the Bassmaster Elite Series.  The top 12 anglers in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings after the regular season had their points recalculated and took those scores into the Postseason. Each leg of the Postseason will be scored on a 50-point sliding scale.


1. Skeet Reese                          Auburn, Calif.                249

2. Kevin VanDam                       Kalamazoo, Mich.          233

3. Michael Iaconelli                    Runnemede, NJ             225

4. Tommy Biffle                          Wagoner, Okla.             220

5. Randy Howell                        Springville, Ala.              216

6. Alton Jones                           Waco, Texas                  214

7. Gerald Swindle                      Warrior, Ala.                  206

8. Cliff Pace                               Petal, Miss.                    202

8. Todd Faircloth                       Jasper, Texas                 202

10. Mark Menendez                  Paducah, Ky.                  199

11. Gary Klein                          Weatherford, Texas        192

12. Kelly Jordon                       Mineola, Texas                192

2009 Elite Series - Toyota Trucks Championship Week -
Trophy Chase 09/12-09/13 Lake Jordan, Wetumpka  Ala.

(PRO Division) Standings Day 2

   Angler                       Hometown                 No./lbs-oz

1.  Michael Iaconelli      Runnemede, N.J.        10  28-15     $1,000.00

Day 1: 5   14-12    Day 2: 5   14-03

2.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, Calif.             10  27-09

Day 1: 5   12-06    Day 2: 5   15-03

3.  Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, Okla.           10  27-08

Day 1: 5   15-00    Day 2: 5   12-08

4.  Randy Howell         Springville, Ala.            10  26-15

Day 1: 5   11-05    Day 2: 5   15-10

5.  Gerald Swindle       Warrior, Ala.                10  25-07

Day 1: 5   12-10    Day 2: 5   12-13

6.  Kevin VanDam        Kalamazoo, Mich.        10  25-06

Day 1: 5   10-14    Day 2: 5   14-08

7.  Cliff Pace                Petal, Miss.                  10  24-12

Day 1: 5   12-14    Day 2: 5   11-14

8.  Todd Faircloth        Jasper, Texas              10  24-02

Day 1: 5   10-11    Day 2: 5   13-07

9.  Mark Menendez     Paducah, Ky.               10  23-14

Day 1: 5   10-11    Day 2: 5   13-03

10. Alton Jones          Waco, Texas                10  23-00

Day 1: 5    9-07    Day 2: 5   13-09

11. Gary Klein            Weatherford, Texas    10  21-12

Day 1: 5   10-01    Day 2: 5   11-11

12. Kelly Jordon        Mineola, Texas              8  13-14

Day 1: 3    4-01    Day 2: 5    9-13


Big Bass


1   Michael Iaconelli       Runnemede, N.J.            4-11       $.00

2   Michael Iaconelli       Runnemede, N.J.            4-03       $.00

Big Bass of Tournament

Michael Iaconelli       Runnemede, N.J.            4-11  $1,000.00



Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

1       11             58         134-12

2       12             60         158-06


23           118         293-02

Information Courtesy: City of Montgomery